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2011, at the earliest. in testimony before this committee yesterday, chairman bernanke recommended we take steps to determine the future of gse's this year. with american taxpayers exposed to hundreds of billions of dollars in losses from fannie mae and freddie mac continuing operations, do you agree with german bernanke that we cannot afford to wait until next year to decide the gse's future? Ñi>> i believe the time is now o figure out what the proper questions are to ask him what is the proper role the government in the housing system, what is the future structure and objectives of the housing and finance system that policy makers believe is in the best interests of the country and i believe there is plenty of important questions and it is time to start asking in working toward answers right now. with that said, i appreciate the difficulties and challenges in getting to that as of the counter and get into a formal structure. i understand that will take a while. i believe we should absolutely take the time to get it right. i would be happy to work with this committee to start going
in place. we had hank, ben bernanke tim geithner and sheila bair the head of the fdic. i know a lot of people in finance and a lot of people in business and government. and i can't think of for that would have done a better job of getting us through that. now it's kind of fashionable to look back and pick at one aspect or another of what was happening and our country's financial system froze up during that period. some of you in this room were at a party i was at in september of 2008, one to talk was the money market funds saved. if we have 3.5 trillion fun missile by 30 million people who on is and they might are worrying about whether they can get their money that was half of all the process held by u.s. banks at the time you have a panic. you had commercial paper frees up entirely in the biggest companies of the united states and some are described in this book that worried whether they were going to meet their payroll and a short period of time to read the sixth largest bank in the country in terms of the domestic deposits, washington mutual failed over a weekend. you had the th
. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicare. they are anti-government but they want me
, it by them. >> thank you. chairman bernanke, i think chairman frank mentioned the deficit in passing and the debt. that is what i want to ask you about. that is the elephant in the room. we have reduced our debt is going to double in the next five years, a triple in the next 10 years. it is fueled by historic deficits. i heard this morning on television that we have many cases across the united states and children and adults that are walking out on thin ice. they walked out day after day and they get some comfort and nothing happens. the thin ice is dangers. i submit that this type of budget half is a dangerous. i would ask you -- i do not believe that our present budget passed is sustainable. my first question, it is our budget path sustainable? secondly, is there a need for the congress to come up with a concrete plan to change p that the toath? do you believe there is urgency in that? >> you asked about sustainability. you are talking of the medium term charge of a deficit that remains after the economy has returned to normal levels of activity. estimates of the sexual deficit ran
that as a new member, i sat as many of my colleagues did when we got a call from secretary paulson and bernanke in saying this guy was-- and we had to react in two days. so sometimes depending upon the issue of the reaction has to be different. babbitt you or do you not agree with the testimony of mr. scovell which are not just limited to rulemaking and now i have a minute and 47 seconds. >> in 15 seconds i get an a-plus on milestones for professionalism. training i get an incomplete and i get a b on fatigue. >> do you agree with his assessment? >> i agree with some of his assessments. >> look forward to your immediate reaction to them and i would say, i would rather see you come to us and be creative in think out of the box and maybe have to figure out how we can do things differently because i think the confidence of the american public is reducing every day that we delay, and i think there is room for us to think creatively and do it different and i look forward to helping you. >> thank you very much. i appreciate that. >> i thank the gentlelady and >> i thank the gentlelady and th from ohio
get so mad at people like ben bernanke. most economists, god knows what on earth was going through their heads as they watch the bubble keep grow and grow and grow and said everything was okay. now they are surprised fukuda agnone? that is a joke we have around washington. anyone who is doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes anything there you want to address? >> guest: i think it is important to think about the interplay between the war in domestic policy because it is true the government can think about two things at once. it cannot walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction, whether you believe it is something we should invest then, afghanistan, iraq, the government does not think well about what is going on at home so if you called on our various leaders that the fed or at the white house over time under, in this period under president bush,'s september 11 you would say are you concerned about fannie mae? they would say absolutely, here's the data and they are going out of control, fannie and freddie and we will be have legislation abou
. on the currency's i would only say that, ay that, as you know,n bernanke and tim geithner are saying in the interest of the united states. the other major currencies. i say myself i fully agree it is in the interest of the united states. i would also say that it corresponds to the overall superior interests of the group the so what this say. i would also said that as a major floating currencies we have members of other currencies that could themselves have a progressive and orderly and timely appreciation. that is the way i see the running of the present situation. we could imagine other solutions, of course. they said to have a floating major currencies. >> other questions? yes, sir. in the front row. >> every country has its own problems and its own solutions. how do you see? what would be the challenge is to iraq ? thank you. >> peter. >> well, it is a good point. i wish i was more confident that it would succeed. it is very important to succeed. it is very important we continue to progress, but i am not expecting is to suddenly become easy. even the process of trying to make it h
let's take a short break, return, please line up here at the head of by the rile. bernanke. -- thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] ♪ >> we have quite a lineup on this isle. only a couple on the other. we need a few more folks down here. we've already had to pull some day -- a fulsome day. let's proceed to our question and answer session. we have three other excellent speakers, so a lot to look forward to. i want the banking for coming and your excellent attention. this is our fifth symposium and they seem to get better every year, if that is indeed possible. thank you all for making this such a productive in event. all right, we will begin with our question and answer is, and because there are more of you then of view, we're going to start on this side. >> this is a question for mr. kantor. and cultural prophets redeem themselves with accurate insights? >> i am not sure that i understand the question. >> you are talking about cultural prophesied and you believe that they cannot predict accuratel
on the financial side, we are talking about high unemployment. bernanke said we will have time with -- we will have trouble with credit card loans, people paying mortgages. they do not have their jobs. commercial real estate is a market he has emphasized over the past months. this will, of course, create different problems for some of the financial institutions and other business models. we will see some institutions do very well overall and some struggle with bad losses. i had an opportunity to listen to my friend pascal. as he said, so far we have dodged the bullet of a strong protectionist response. but we have to be alert that anytime you have continuing unemployment one has to be careful about protectionism. political leaders will feel the pressure to do something. that is always a tempting tool. another issue we are watching is the fact that a number of the stimulus programs ran their full force through the later part of last year and the middle part of 2010. there is a question of a hand off to a private sector recovery. i tried to watch this closely and to reach out to others. we saw some s
responsible for those decisions at that time, including president bush, secretaryw3 paulson, chairman bernanke along with me. our judgment was those problems would have been dramatically amplified if aig had failed and they would spread to parts of the system that would have otherwise been unaffected, including basic confidence in the insurance industry. >> or is it to the derivative business? securities lending and insurance companies? the commercial paper? the aircraft leasing business? or something else? >> it is hard to separate. what is systemic risk is a difficult thing to judge. >> we are all finding that out. >> that is the reality of it. i think the simplest way to say it is look at what happened >> but that's the reality of it. again, i think the simplest way to say it is look at what happened after lehman brothers and the broader collapse of many of our larger institutions look what happened in that. savings vel fell by 40%. you saw hundreds of thousands of businesses forced to closed, millions of people lost their work. basic confidence in the stability of our system was broken. yo
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